9 Things Enormously Productive People Refuse to Do by Lolly Daskal on Inc.
Often we hear all sorts of advice on what we “should” be doing, but what about what we should refuse to do? Here is an excellent list of habits to help you be more productive.
Have you ever wondered why some people are more productive than others? What’s the magic formula?
I have had the privilege of working with and coaching some outstandingly successful men and women who are out there changing the world in a profound way. Each one of them is extremely busy, but they’re never too busy to do what needs to get done, because they’ve built good habits and practices that they follow every day.
Their good habits for super-productivity include being disciplined about the things they refuse to do.
When You Need a Helping Hand by Amy Carroll on Proverbs 31 Ministries
Connecting with others is essential to our lives, and Amy beautifully illuminates how God provides people for us every step of the way in light of the Christmas story.
Christmas is approaching, and in Luke 1, one of our familiar Christmas passages, God gives us a beautiful picture of what it looks like when He gives the gift of friendship to help us in difficult situations. He joins together a young woman, Mary, with an older woman, Elizabeth, and encourages both of them in the linking. If we’ll zoom in a little, there are some important lessons for us.
Glimpses of Great Joy: Our Good Shepherd-King by Kevin Halloran on the Gospel Project
God has not left us helpless! We have a good Shepherd-King that is guiding us, but it is easy to forget what this means. This is an encouraging read to remind you of the gift we have in our Savior Jesus as our King:
We all have moments where God’s promises seem too good to be true. But as we ponder how Christ cares for us each day, we will see just how great and glorious His coming into the world is.
Five Unique Christmas Gifts for Your Pastor and Church Staff by Dr. Thom Rainer
Our Christmas list of who we buy or do things for includes friends, teachers and family, but what about your pastor and church staff? Dr. Rainer provides several ideas for ways that you can bless your pastor and church staff this Christmas.
Corn. That was my first Christmas gift as a pastor.
A farmer gave our family a basket of corn from his harvest. It meant a lot. We were struggling financially, so the gift of food really helped. But, even more, it was an act of love from a hardworking man. I appreciated his heart as much as I appreciated the physical gift.
I know pastors and church staff pretty well. I know many of their needs, hurts, hopes, and challenges. May I be so bold to suggest some Christmas gifts for them that may not be typical? I have a feeling you could really encourage these servants of God.
Why I Don’t Buy Christmas Gifts for My Wife by Art Rainer
Art shares insight into why he and his wife don’t buy Christmas gifts for each other, and he raises some good points if you’re trying to cut back this year.
I am not alone in this. Sarah, my wife, doesn’t buy me Christmas gifts either. In fact, it has been years since either one of us received a Christmas gift that was from the other.
And we are completely okay with that.
We are not opposed to gift giving. We buy Christmas gifts for our kids, family members, and a few friends. We just don’t buy each other gifts.